Pregnancy morbidities in korean patients with takayasu arteritis: A monocentric pilot study

Jung Yoon Pyo, Jason Jungsik Song, Yong Beom Park, Sang Won Lee

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We investigated pregnancy morbidities in Korean patients with Takayasu arteritis (TA) in a single tertiary hospital as a pilot study. We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 12 pregnancies in seven patients with TA. All patients were diagnosed with TA based on the 1990 American College of Rheumatology classification criteria. The medical records of patients were well-document-ed, allowing review of clinical data including pregnancy morbidities. The angiographic and Ishikawa classifications at diagnosis and TA activity at delivery were assessed. Of the 12 pregnancies, two pregnancies ended in spontaneous abortion (16.7%), and one pregnancy (8.3%) had therapeutic abortion at 9 weeks due to maternal morbidity. Among the remaining nine pregnancies, only one child was delivered via normal spontaneous vaginal delivery, and the remaining eight were delivered by Caesarean sec-tion. Two out of nine (22.2%) neonates were born with low birth weight, and one of them was born at 30 weeks of gestation. The most common maternal complication was hypertension affecting 7/12 (58.3%) pregnancies. Preeclampsia occurred in one preg-nancy, and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) occurred in two pregnancies. At delivery, disease activity of TA was stable in all pregnancies, and glucocorticoids were administered in nine pregnancies. Live birth rate of pregnant Korean patients with TA was 75%. Future studies are needed to reduce pregnancy-related complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)970-975
Number of pages6
JournalYonsei medical journal
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (2017R1D1A1B03029050) and a grant from the Korea Health Technology R&D Project through the Korea Health Industry Development Institute funded by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Republic of Korea (HI14C1324).

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© Yonsei University College of Medicine 2020.

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